Gayle Ashley

She worked in all areas of public and private law (handling cases from start to finish) including care, injunctions, divorce and ancillary relief and has seen family law from all sides. Gayle also accepts instructions in civil cases in particular commercial, Personal Injury and Housing cases.

She also has extensive expereince of criminal advocacy in the Magistrates’ and Crown Courts in legally-aided and privately-funded adult and youth cases. . Read more →

Gayle was called to the Bar in 1997 having been awarded ‘Very Competent’ in the Bar Vocational Course at the Inns of Court School of Law, London. Since joining Becket Chambers in 2015, Gayle has developed a busy practice and is sought after to provide advice and advocacy in family and civil law.

She has wide ranging experience in private and public family law and regularly appears before district and circuit judges.

Gayle takes instructions in financial remedy proceedings and also for claims under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996 (TOLATA), and under Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989.

In her busy civil practice, Gayle has a particular interest in personal injury matters and is regularly instructed to advise and appear as court advocate.

Gayle also undertakes general civil work including motor claims and possession actions. In her appellate work, she regularly advises and acts for local authorities, appellants and respondents in cases involving taxi/private hire licensing, planning enforcement, food safety and hygiene, and breach of advertisement regulations. Gayle also represents clients before taxi licensing committees and traffic commissioners, and has represented families and insurance companies at Coroner inquests.

Gayle is an experienced public speaker and is actively involved in Becket Chambers seminar programme, regularly delivering CPD accredited training on a variety of family and civil topics. Most recently she gave a presentation on ‘Enforcement of Child Arrangements Orders’. Gayle has also delivered family law training to magistrates, legal advisers and the judiciary.

In 2015, Gayle completed the Advanced International Advocacy Course at Keble College, Oxford. The course (taught by senior juniors, silks and judges) aims to encourage and develop the highest standards of advocacy and includes advanced matters such as appellate advocacy, handling vulnerable witnesses and expert witnesses. The week-long course attracts participants from around the world, including the War Crimes Tribunal in The Hague, and is internationally recognised as one of the best and most intensive advocacy courses in the world.

Public Law Children

In her public law practice, Gayle acts for parents, local authorities and guardians.

Gayle is dedicated to providing a proficient and friendly service for both her professional and lay clients. She has a reputation as professional, approachable and personable and her approach to cases and clients, together with her advocacy skills, has resulted in a busy and expanding practice. Gayle is particularly adept at putting clients, including vulnerable and nervous clients, at ease and is extremely sensitive to the emotional impact of proceedings on clients. Gayle has experience of challenging expert medical evidence and handling vulnerable witnesses.

Children - Private Law (CAP)

In private family law, Gayle represents parents and grandparents in disputes involving contact/residence, change of surname, specific issue and prohibited steps, and special guardianship cases from first hearings through to fact finding hearings and multi-day final hearings.

Gayle is very highly regarded by both lay and professional clients for her excellent client care, integrity, approachability, advocacy skills and knowledge. Gayle is extremely sensitive to the emotional impact of family proceedings on clients; she has a down to earth approach and easily builds exceptional rapport with her clients – her warm, personable and sensitive approach helping her to get along with clients from all walks of life.

Gayle has experience of appearing against Queen’s Counsel. One QC has commended Gayle’s legal and case management skills as ‘outstanding’ and her paperwork, case preparation and advocacy as ‘of the highest quality’.

Articles by Gayle Ashley

The New CAFCASS Guidance and Private Law Children Proceedings – an UPDATE on the proposed new interventions

In my August 2017 article I considered the Cafcass document ‘Guidance on the use of professional time to benefit children’ (‘the Guidance’) in the context of private law children proceedings. While Cafcass believes it is crucial that the work it carries out before and at the First Hearing (FHDRA) should continue unchanged, it proposes to Continue reading

The New CAFCASS Guidance and Private Law Children Proceedings – a new ‘flexible’ friend?

The Chief Executives of Cafcass and Cafcass Cymru have issued new guidance on the use of its officers in private and public law children proceedings. The document, functionally entitled ‘Guidance on the use of professional time to benefit children’, has been issued with the approval and support of the President of the Family Division and Continue reading

Family Children Seminar

Marie Crawford and Gayle Ashley will be presenting a seminar at the View Hotel, Eastbourne on 20th September 2017 from 3.45pm. This seminar will cover a range of topics within Family Children Act proceedings, please contact for more information or to book a place.

Gayle Ashley's Testimonials for Children - Private Law (CAP)

“Thank you for your assistance with this matter, I have spoken to the client who was very happy with the outcome and she spoke very highly of you.”

Mrs K from Instructing Solicitors instructing Gayle Ashley – January 16

Personal Injury

As a busy civil practitioner, Gayle has a particular interest in the area of personal injury. She advises and represents Claimants and Defendants in a range of personal injury matters including exaggerated personal injury and damage. Gayle covers cases from higher value injury claims to disputes on the small claims track. She represents clients throughout proceedings including at costs and case management hearings and final hearings.

Gayle is recognised for her forensic approach to case preparation. She has the ability to assimilate complex details and to know a case inside out. Her thorough preparation regularly enables her to identify outcome-changing factors. Gayle is an excellent advocate who is thorough and tenacious both in and outside court. Clients speak highly of her robust and well-prepared advocacy.

Gayle Ashley's Testimonials for Personal Injury

“…That is an excellent result given potential issues that could have been raised – thank you very much for your attendance and actions on this matter…”

Mr W from Solicitors instructing Gayle Ashley – August 17

Family Injunctions

Gayle is regularly instructed in emergency and contested applications under the Family Law Act 1996 for non-molestation injunctions and occupation orders.